Violence over Koran Burning Threatens US-Afghan 'Partnership'

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The burning of holy books that Americans call "accidental" has exposed the seething anti-Americanism in much of Afghanistan. Nationwide protests continue, and two American advisors were assassinated this weekend in an office accessible only to the most trusted personnel. Since then, all NATO advisors have been withdrawn from Afghan ministries. All this has cast doubt on the so-called "partnership" that's essential to the strategy for a western troop withdrawal by 2014. Today, nine Afghans were killed by a suicide bomber near and American air base. With the US focused on damage control, we look at the military and diplomatic fallout and how it's playing on the presidential campaign trail.

Credits

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin - New York Times - @alissanyt, Greg Jaffe - Washington Post - @GregJaffe, Chris Mason - Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Brian Katulis - Center for America Progress - @Katulis, Michael Hirsh - Politico Magazine - @michaelphirsh

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis, Anna Scott, Caitlin Shamberg